Bellator 258 went down on Friday, May 7th. The event emanated from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and broadcasted on Showtime.
This Bellator MMA card featured a world title change. Plus the last quarterfinal bout of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix, several standout performances in the men’s bantamweight division, and more.
I spoke with Sergio Pettis after his Bellator bantamweight title win against Juan Archuleta in the night’s main event.
Also, I talked to promotional figurehead Scott Coker on the expected return timeline of Fedor Emelianenko.
Before this one, you indicated a strong level of pride fighting around Cinco De Mayo.
With that backdrop, I’m kind of wondering how satisfying it is to win a fight whereby you largely showcased sophisticated boxing?
“It’s awesome, man. I went out there and trusted my boxing. Big shout out to AMC Boxing in Milwaukee. They helped me out. Ellen, Rodell, they had some younger amateur boxers that were putting the pace on me. I mean these kids are only like 16 and the other kids are like 20.”
“So, it’s been amazing, man. Go out there and trust my boxing. Trust my instincts. Especially two days after Cinco De Mayo. Now it’s time to go have some fun, get some tacos, and enjoy life a little bit.”
There have been prior media appearances where you were saying that you’re expecting to have an opponent solidified for Fedor Emelianenko. And it could even coincide with the Bellator 258 show that went down tonight.
Do you have any updates or specifics on the next opponent for Fedor?
“Yes, unfortunately, we don’t have anything to announce today. We’re still working through some things. Location has been a little bit challenging. But he will fight sometime in the fall. And I think that he’ll be here for (Valentin) Moldavksy to fight (Tim) Johnson. So hopefully, we’ll have something to announce at that time.”
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